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Nigerian authorities detain Shia group leader with ties to Iran

Sheikh Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is inspired by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 Nigerian authorities have arrested Nigerian Shia leader Ibrahim Zakzaky upon his return from India, where he was refused treatment because his sectarian ties to Iran do not abide by the country’s residency regulations. The [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

Brother of banned Nigerian Shiite group’s leader says Iran ‘lured him’

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria draws inspiration from Iran’s former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. (Reuters) By Tommy Hilton August 12, 2019 The brother of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Iranian-funded and inspired Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has accused Iran of converting Zakzaky and said the IMN should be proscribed for causing [...]

By |August 12th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

Iranian-funded Islamic Movement in Nigeria banned amid fears of violence

IMN Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Tommy Hilton August 8, 2019 An Iranian-funded and inspired Shiite organization in Nigeria has been banned and designated as [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

Hezbollah allegedly training Nigerian Shiites to expand influence in West Africa

Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Mona Alami July 7, 2018 While Hezbollah’s military expansion across the Middle East, particularly since the start of the Syrian [...]

By |July 7th, 2018|Africa, Nigeria|

Can Iran benefit from chaos in Nigeria?

Nigerian authorities uncover an illegal Iranian arms shipment in 2013. (IranWire) By Christian Purefoy December 13, 2017 In the grainy video, it looks just like another Nigerian roadblock, as youths armed with clubs signal for the traffic to stop on this dusty street in the northern city of Zaria. But this is not just [...]

By |December 13th, 2017|Africa, Nigeria|

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters mark Qods Day, June 23. (FDD) June 29, 2017 The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel. The [...]

By |June 29th, 2017|Africa, Europe, Iran, Latin America, Middle East, Nigeria, North America, USA|

Iran-backed Nigerian Shiites to hold major rallies Friday

Shiites protest detention of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky June 22, 2017 The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, is set to hold major rallies Friday, to commemorate the International Quds Day. The group, led by Ibraheem Zakzaky, has been in the forefront of observing the Quds Day, which holds on the last Friday [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Nigeria|

Nigeria: How Zakzaky grew from student activist to a leader of the Shi’ite IMN

Protesters in Abuja hold banners showing the picture of Shaikh Zakzaky on February 14, 2017. (IMN website) Track Persia - Feb 19, 2017 Supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN have been holding protests across major cities to call for the release of their leader Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. "We are deeply worried [...]

By |February 19th, 2017|Nigeria|

Global Terror: At America’s doorsteps

Hezbollah, the most powerful force in Lebanon, backed the election of Michel Aoun as president. Aoun assumed the office after it lay vacant for more two years. (Photo: © MARWAN TAHTAH/AFP/Getty Images) December 26, 2016 Where do terrorists get their money? Although we think of Islamic State as the richest terror group in [...]

By |December 26th, 2016|Lebanon, Middle East, Nigeria, Somalia|

MTN plans expansion in Iran in spite of big risks

November 29, 2016 MTN Group, Africa’s biggest mobile phone company, is planning to expand in Iran, from where it has only just managed to begin repatriating profits. The move is part of MTN’s 10-year plan to cement its leading position in risky but lucrative frontier markets in the Middle East and Africa, where it aggressively [...]

By |November 29th, 2016|Nigeria|